London: George Bishop, Ralph Newberie, and Robert Barker, 1599, 1600. Second edition, with later title page dated "1599" and without the "Voyage to Cadiz" material at the close of volume 1. Leather bound. 606; 204; 868pp. Quarto [29.5 cm] Rebound in full brown calf. New endpapers and flyleaves. Woodcut head and tail pieces. The title page (with trimmed margins) of the first volume is mounted on a tipped-in front flyleaf. Previous owner's name in small pen on the front pastedowns. Occasional errors in the listings of the page numbers. Title page of volume 2 has "Hackluyt" and "1599." "Yeeres" on title page of volume 3. Lacking the world map. Very good. Item #56967
Hakluyt was notable for his relentless promotion of overseas expansion, above all the colonization of North America. This monumental work is considered to be his most influential publication. At the time it was published, his "The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation," revealed almost everything known concerning the early English explorations of North America. This second edition is greatly expanded from the 1589 edition.